Image of product AB168 Portable AudioRack 16in / 8out for QU / GLD  - supplied by MPB Sound and Light Ltd
QU series digital stage box 16 input / 8 output supplied by MPB Sound and Light Ltd
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Product summary

One of the major advantages of a digital mixer is having a digital stage box connected by cat 6 cable rather than a thick heavy multi core cable.
Brand: Allen & Heath

Product description for AB168 Portable AudioRack 16in / 8out for QU / GLD

"16 XLR Input/8 XLR Output Portable Audiorack."

AB168 is a portable digital stage box providing 16 XLR inputs and 8 XLR outputs when connected to a GLD-80 or GLD-112 mixer.

The AB168 features 16 mic preamps with Phantom Power indicators and 8 XLR line outs.

This digital stage box runs on Allen & Heath’s proprietary dSNAKE protocol.

The AB168 unit connects over a single Cat5 cable to the Allen & Heath digital mixer via a secure dSNAKE EtherCon port. A second EtherCon port is provided for daisy-chaining to another AB168 box or connection of a ME personal mixing system.

The rack’s rugged design, including rubber bumpers, renders it highly roadworthy and allows it to be placed on the stage floor during performances. 

Weighing in at just 4.8kg and featuring a sturdy carry handle, AB168 is also designed for maximum convenience and portability. An optional rack mounting kit is also available.

Product Features

  • 16 Mic Preamps on XLR
  • Phantom Power LED per Input
  • 8 XLR Line Outs
  • dSNAKE Connection with locking Ethercon port
  • Additional locking Ethercon port for daisy chaining / ME personal mixing system
  • Rubber bumpers
  • Carry handle
  • Optional rack mount kit available

Product Specifications


  • Inputs
    • XLR Mic/Line Inputs: Balanced
    • Mic/Line Preamp: Fully recallable
    • Input Sensitivity: -60 to +15dBu
    • Analogue Gain: +5 to +60dB, 1dB steps
    • Pad: -20dB
    • Maximum Input Level: +32dBu
    • Input Impedance: >4kO (Pad out), >10kO (Pad in)
    • Mic/Line Channel noise: 20-20kHz, Direct Out @ unbalanced out
    • Mic EIN: -127dB with 150? source
    • Unity gain (Pad in): -90dBu
    • Low gain (5dB, Pad out): -93dBu
    • Mid gain (30dB, Pad out): -89dBu 
    • Mic/Line Channel THD+N: 20-20kHz, Direct Out @ unbalanced out
    • Unity gain (Pad in): 0.005% -86dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output
    • Low gain (5dB, Pad out): 0.003% -89dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output
    • Mid gain (30dB, Pad out): 0.004% -88dBu @ 1kHz, 0dBu output
  • Outputs
    • XLR Outputs: Balanced, Relay protected
    • Output Impedance: <75O
    • Nominal Output: +4dBu = 0dB meter reading
    • Maximum Output Level: +22dBu
    • Residual Output Noise: -91dBu (muted, 20-20kHz)
    • Operating Temperature: 0 deg C to 35 deg C; (32 deg F to 95 deg F)
    • Mains Power: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz, 20W max

Physical & Dimensions

  • Width: 411.45mm
  • Depth: 189mm
  • Height: 182.10mm
  • Weight: 4.8kg

Pricing and options for AB168 Portable AudioRack 16in / 8out for QU / GLD

Colour Model Price Stock EAN MPN Availability Kg Qty Req.
Black AB168 Portable AudioRack 16in / 8out for QU / GLD 828.00 0 AB168 Est. Delivery 29/05/2020 5.00